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I am a student in high school and have been considering becoming a veterinarian for some time now. It has occurred to me that if I were to become a vet I would most likely have to work with dogs. Is this allowed?

What are the rules I should follow if so?

If possible add an ayat or a hadith to the answer.

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Is this allowed?

Yes no doubt. Dogs are a creation of Allah and treating them, or any animal, with kindness that is due right upon them unless prevented otherwise.

The Prophet said =

أَنَّ رَجُلاً رَأَى كَلْبًا يَأْكُلُ الثَّرَى مِنَ الْعَطَشِ، فَأَخَذَ الرَّجُلُ خُفَّهُ فَجَعَلَ يَغْرِفُ لَهُ بِهِ حَتَّى أَرْوَاهُ، فَشَكَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ فَأَدْخَلَهُ الْجَنَّةَ

"A man saw a dog eating mud from thirst. The man took a shoe with water and kept on pouring for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise."

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

بَيْنَمَا كَلْبٌ يُطِيفُ بِرَكِيَّةٍ كَادَ يَقْتُلُهُ الْعَطَشُ، إِذْ رَأَتْهُ بَغِيٌّ مِنْ بَغَايَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، فَنَزَعَتْ مُوقَهَا فَسَقَتْهُ، فَغُفِرَ لَهَا بِهِ

"While a dog was going round a well and was about to die of thirst, an Bani Israeli prostitute saw it and took off her shoe and watered it. So Allah forgave her because of that good deed."

[Sahih al-Bukhari]

There's a gross culturally influenced misconception that somehow dogs are evil or dirty animals. However, this has absolutely no Quranic/hadith backing whatsoever.

So as a vet, you do your best to improve the lives of animals, including dogs InshaAllah

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Islamically, there is no harm in having a dog unless you consider it as a pet.

and dogs are just like any other animals. So treating them is permissible.

Somehow related: Why are dogs as pets considered haram?

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